Candy Man By L&M Software For the Bally Arcade/Astrocade with "AstroBASIC" Video Overview created by BallyAlley. Video published June 27, 2017.
Candy Man was released on tape in early 1983 for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade. It loads via the Astrovision release of Bally BASIC (usually called "AstroBASIC"). The game was written by Bill Loos and Greg Miller, who make up L&M Software. Andy Guevara, of Bit Fiddlers, seems to have written the machine language subroutines for this game. It's unclear to me how much of this game is written in BASIC, but by the speed of this game, my guess is that it relies heavily on machine language subroutines built into the Bally's 8K on-board system ROM. The sequel to Candy Man was released on cartridge and is called Ms. Candyman.
For those that don't need background material about the game, I start playing Candy Man at:
15:03 - Video footage of Candy Man
Upon revisiting Candy Man, I see that it's still quite a fun game. There is a lot to the game, including some pretty good sound effects. It's fun gobbling up the baddies when the screen turns blue. I think it's a good gimmick, and a nice change from the power pellets in Pac-Man, that you can eat the baddies at a certain score, rather than when you eat something in the maze.
Candy Man gets pretty hectic as more baddies are added to the screen. I've only ever gotten up to four baddies on one level (so far), but there can be a maximum of two jokers and four gremlins on the screen at once. I imagine that this game would feel really cramped once all the gremlins have been released from the jail.
Archive Notes: This video was uploaded to YouTube on June 27, 2017 and added to Archive.org in a 1080HD format for archival purposes. The video was filmed with a Canon Powershot SX60 HS camera.